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W Series champion Jamie Chadwick to drive for Andretti in Indy Nxt

by Ida Wood

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Three-time W Series champion Jamie Chadwick has finally secured a step up the single-seater ladder, joining Andretti Autosport in Indy Nxt for 2023.

Chadwick has been racing in Formula Regional since 2019, winning the W Series title three times (’19, ’21 & ’22) as well as coming fourth in the 2019-20 season of the FIA’s Asian championship and ninth in the European championship that year.

The 24-year-old spoke about opportunities in Indy Lights during the summer, and Andretti organised a test for her in September. After that she spoke about how she could use the series to prepare herself for a future move to Formula 2.

“I’m hugely excited to be joining Andretti Autosport for the 2023 Indy Nxt season with DHL [as primary sponsor],” said Chadwick, who will continue to be a junior driver of the Williams Formula 1 team next year.

“My aim is always to challenge myself and continue my progression as a driver and this represents not only a big step up but also a big step towards my goal of competing in the highest categories of single seater racing. Andretti’s standing in the sport is second to none and I hope to bring more success to such a prestigious team. I can’t wait to get started.”

Before reaching FRegional, Chadwick starred in GT4 sportscars, winning the British championship and the Silverstone 24 Hours in 2015. She then switched to single-seaters in BRDC British Formula 3, where she took a race win and two other podiums in two seasons, and she then won the 2018-19 MRF Challenge.

Last year she made her off-road racing debut in Extreme E with Veloce Racing, a squad run by some of her management team.

“Andretti Autosport is proud to be supporting Jamie alongside DHL for the 2023 Indy Nxt season,” Andretti’s CEO Michael Andretti said.

“Jamie’s successful career speaks for itself, but the Indy Nxt series gives Jamie the opportunity to continue her development in a new type of racing. DHL is a long-standing team partner; we are happy to welcome them to the Indy Nxt series and excited to welcome Jamie to the team. We’ve turned out five Indy Nxt champions over the years and look forward to continuing our role in developing new talent.”